Mike Soroka is a finalist for the MLBPA Players’ Choice Award for NL Outstanding Pitcher

Mike Soroka was named a finalist for the MLBPA Players’ Choice Award for National League Outstanding Pitcher, as voted on by his peers. Soroka is competing with Jacob deGrom and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the award.

Soroka had one of the best rookie seasons in MLB history for a pitcher and established himself as one of the hardest pitchers to face on the road. Soroka became the fourth pitcher, since 1980, to have a road era at or below 1.55.

Pitchers to have a 1.55 or lower ERA on the road, since 1980

  • Dwight Gooden (1985)
  • Greg Maddux (1994 & 1995)
  • Roger Clemens (2005)
  • Mike Soroka (2019)

Despite the baseball's being juiced, Soroka only allowed 0.721 home runs per nine innings, which was the best mark in the entire National League. Soroka became the first starting pitcher in Braves franchise history to have a sub-2.70 era, during his rookie season, since Bob Sadowski (1963).

Soroka’s rookie stats

  • 174.2 innings pitched
  • 5.7 bWAR for Pitchers
  • 2.68 era
  • 1.111 whip
  • 169 era+
  • 3.45 fip
  • 142 k

Soroka finished top-10 among National League pitchers in era+ (2nd), era (3rd), bWAR for Pitchers (5th) and fip (7th). Soroka became the fourth qualified rookie pitcher to have an era+ of at least 165, over the last 100 years. He joined Gene Bearden (1948), Brandon Webb (2003) and Jose Fernandez (2013).

Soroka made his postseason debut in Game 3 of the 2019 NLDS, and quickly left his mark. He became the first pitcher in Braves franchise history to retire 16+ consecutive batters, in a postseason game.

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